TOP TWEETS – After Obamacare

Top Tweets – After Obamacare
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Allowing flexibility in plan design would bring premiums down 30-40%, ameliorate preexisting conditions problem
http://healthpolicyandmarket.blogspot.com/2017/01/fixing-health-insurance-reform-is-zero.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HealthCarePolicyAndMarketplaceBlog+%28Health+Care+Policy+and+Marketplace+Blog%29

Alaska’s new hi risk pool for preexisting conditions cut 40% premium increases to single digits
http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-many-obamacare-patients-have-pre-existing-conditions-1484784577

Bernie Sanders’ ’36,000 people a year will die if ACA repealed’ claim gets 4 Pinocchios from liberal WaPo
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/14/bernie-sanderss-claim-that-36000-people-will-die-yearly-if-obamacare-is-repealed/?utm_term=.cea4fe919638

’36K deaths under repeal’ based on phony numbers from left-wing advocacy group. Bernard Goldberg, call your office.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/14/bernie-sanderss-claim-that-36000-people-will-die-yearly-if-obamacare-is-repealed/?utm_term=.cea4fe919638

UnitedHealth continues to thrive since leaving Obamacare exchanges
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/unitedhealths-revenue-profit-tops-forecasts-2017-01-17-6485382

Hospital execs tell investors repeal not the end of the world; damaging ACA Medicare cuts would be reversed
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170114/MAGAZINE/301149972

Virginia hospitals thriving w/o Medicaid expansion: profits, net worth up & number running deficit down since 2012
http://www.thomasjeffersoninst.org/files/3/2017%20Hospital%20Study.pdf

Negotiator-in-Chief to inject more market forces in healthcare– haggle on drug prices, sell ins across state lines
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/16/trump-spokesman-says-obamacare-replacement-will-harness-marketplace-competition/?utm_term=.defcbab67efb

Repealing Obamacare will get rid of the idiotic and overreaching calorie counting rules at restaurants.

Legalize Catastrophic Insurance! (spread the word and help us make this happen!)

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UPDATE – Latest Arguments Against Repeal – Line’em Up, Knock’em Down

Let’s see how many of the latest arguments against repealing Obamacare we can knock down in the next few minutes, shall we?

‘Obamacare was a Republican idea.’ No, it was hatched at a left-wing activist conference in 2007 to make insurance companies ‘wither on the vine’.  Moreover, the GOP was shut out of the legislative process and Obamacare was passed without a single Republican vote.

‘The Republicans had no ideas.’ Actually, John McCain put forth a plan that Obama’s advisors liked better than Obamacare.  Not only that, the House Republicans had a bill that was voted down, right before Obamacare was voted up.

Let’s stop for a second and think about those first two arguments.  How is it the Republicans had no ideas if Obamacare WAS their idea?  It doesn’t make any sense.  Any port in a storm, I suppose.

‘The cancer survivor who challenged Paul Ryan this week wouldn’t be alive today without Obamacare.’  Hi risk pools are a better answer to the preexisting conditions problem, and about 35 states had them before Obamacare was passed.

‘Obamacare covered 20 million people.’ Not after you back out all the people who previously had their own plans, and all the new beneficiaries who were previously eligible for Medicaid.  Enrollment on the exchanges is only half what they originally expected, and seven out of ten people who benefit from Obamacare only do so because now they’re on welfare – Medicaid.  Besides, focusing on the number of people covered without regard to true access or cost is like boasting about how many yards you gained after losing a football game.

‘Obamacare extended the Medicare trust fund for 11 years.’ Maybe, but only because the ACA chopped $716 billion out of Medicare to fund Obamacare.  So, seniors were hurt – not helped – by Obamacare.

‘Those mean Republicans refused to make legislative fixes to Obamacare.’ Au contraire. Congress – including the Republican House – passed 24 fixes to Obamacare that the President signed.  Not only that, he changed Obamacare at least 43 times on his own.  He got everything he wanted. The meltdown is HIS fault.

‘If you repeal Obamacare, grandma will be living in your house.’ This is just stupid. Obamacare, as it stands today, has nothing at all to do with long-term care. In fact, the long-term care provision – called the CLASS Act – was one of the first parts of Obamacare to blow up completely.  It was repealed after the Obama administration decided it was completely unworkable.

How am I doing so far?

Now let’s switch gears and go on offense.  Who said:

  • Obamacare is “the craziest thing in the world.” Bill Clinton, a Democrat.
  • Obamacare is “no longer affordable.” Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat
  • Obamacare is a “roller coaster”.  Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat
  • Obamacare is a “train wreck”.   Former senator Max Baucus, a Democrat.

Finally, the coup de grâce:  Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, defected this week and said he is willing to work with the Obama administration to replace Obamacare.

Even top Democrats don’t like Obamacare.

Game, set, and match.

Links

Obama: ‘The Republicans had no ideas.’ Uh, John McCain had a plan your own advisors liked better.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2017/01/10/barack-obamas-faulty-memory-about-health-reform/#28fa1dba2204

HuffPo fails to mention hi-risk pool would have helped cancer survivor who challenged Ryan. #BadJournos
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/paul-ryan-obamacare-cancer-survivor_us_58789162e4b0e58057fe36da

One-minute video shows how few people really helped by disastrous Obamacare plans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zydOo7WNRp8

‘Obamacare extended the Medicare trust fund for 11 years.’ Maybe, but only because the ACA chopped $716 billion out of Medicare to fund Obamacare.  So, seniors were hurt – not helped – by Obamacare.
http://www.dailywire.com/news/12213/obama-just-said-bunch-crazy-things-about-obamacare-aaron-bandler

‘The mean Republicans refused to make legislative fixes to Obamacare.’ Au contraire. Congress passed 24 fixes to Obamacare that the President signed.  Not only that, he changed Obamacare at least 43 times on his own.
http://galen.org/2016/changes-to-obamacare-so-far/

‘If you repeal Obamacare, grandma will be living in your house.’ This is just stupid. Obamacare, as it stands today, has nothing to do with long-term care. In fact, the long-term care provision – called the CLASS Act – was one of the first parts of Obamacare to blow up completely.  It was repealed after the Obama administration decided it was completely unworkable.
http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/01/04/nancy-pelosi-makes-dumbest-argument-evah-keep-obamacare/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Living_Assistance_Services_and_Supports_Act

ACA: “craziest thing in the world”, “no longer affordable”, “unsustainable”, “unfair” – and these are the Dems!
https://energycommerce.house.gov/news-center/blog-posts/obamacare-it-s-craziest-thing-world

‘Centrist’ Dem Senator Manchin defects, willing to work w/new admin on Obamacare replacement
http://mms.tveyes.com/transcript.asp?StationID=130&DateTime=1/12/2017%208:34:54%20AM&playclip=true

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Top Tweets – More Ramming and Cramming

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The new Governor of North Carolina applied for a waiver to impose Medicaid expansion in his state, despite the fact there are state laws prohibiting it unless enacted by the legislature.  The scofflaws in Washington promised quick action on the request.  So here we have yet another pen-and-a-phone executive overreach and more breaches of the rule of law under Obamacare.  It wasn’t enough that this atrocity of a law was rammed down our throats without a single Republican vote or that President Obama unilaterally amended it a couple dozen times.  The authoritarian Left never learns and that’s why we must fight them.  The week’s top tweets:

Renegade NCarolina Governor files w/feds for Medicaid expansion despite law expressly prohibiting such a move.
http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/cooper-moves-on-medicaid-expansion/article_ff6ec214-d520-11e6-8755-6f4b098afd61.html

HHS drones happy to aid and abet lawlessness, pledge quick action on NC Guv’s Medicaid expansion application
http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/payer-issues/feds-pledge-quick-action-on-nc-governor-s-medicaid-expansion-request.html

ACA’s victims are legion – cancer patients, self-employed, small biz, millennials, etc.
https://waysandmeans.house.gov/words-obamacare-hurts-americans-walks-life/

More victims: couple digging into retirement nest egg to afford Obamacare
http://dailysignal.com/2016/08/18/her-health-plan-was-257-a-month-now-her-obamacare-plan-could-be-650-a-month/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWmpZek1qVTRZbVkzWTJObCIsInQiOiJaMVUydzVuYXhcL2FjVzUyWnI4aHN3RU5TZHA2d0RkN3QzWU9lRWorWUowZGx6eXNGQmtEcHV6Yzc5WlRHbDUzb2kxOFVCbUFRanNNYmM0aDJvdVNVeDhkd2lOVjVISGMwQkZ5MEtRcllyN3haMk8zUWdSSWRoemJ1ZVNESUNlQUQifQ%3D%3D

“Obamacare a Factor in IHOP Owner’s Decision to Sell His 16 Restaurants”
http://dailysignal.com/2015/03/22/this-longtime-ihop-owner-sold-his-restaurants-because-of-obamacare/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWTJReFpUUTRZbUl5WmpSaSIsInQiOiJuVENVbCs2U0hNWFVwY0hxd2RObDRyNGcyYVFPV2o4WHhhQnVROWJUWVVaMGlsSHhmb0xXdERUYjdWaTVRb3JkbHArbjFOMXZaWjk5SXRJK0ZDZEppTlhYcmFPOFhyV1owWVwvdnd2SlFTZHJ2QVdTVWhMXC9vMXJhRlVVclpyY0JmIn0%3D

Among Obamacare’s victims: higher taxes paid by those w/chronic medical conditions & people who buy Rx drugs.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/5/why-obamacare-must-be-repealed/

IRS: individual mandate payers down 20%, ACA welfare tax credit rolls swell 60%. #ItsNotWorking
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/11/fewer-people-paid-obamacare-tax-penalties-as-more-got-obamacare-aid.html

ACA co-op losses exceed $1.8 billion. Now we know the price of #UnicornsAndRainbows
https://energycommerce.house.gov/news-center/blog-posts/co-op-catastrophe-total-losses-near-19-billion

ACA: “craziest thing in the world”, “no longer affordable”, “unsustainable”, “unfair” – and these are the Dems!
https://energycommerce.house.gov/news-center/blog-posts/obamacare-it-s-craziest-thing-world

Oh, and don’t forget Max Baucus, the Democrat who coined the term ‘Obamacare train wreck’!

Train wreck ACA claiming more victims by the day.

 

 

 

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Nancy Pelosi’s Big Lie

“The Affordable Care Act has been successful in meeting its goals of reducing cost, increasing access and improving quality of care.”

http://www.democraticleader.gov/newsroom/pelosi-dear-colleague-on-the-republican-rules-package/
December 28, 2016, Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader,  Liar, Misleader, Dissembler.

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UPDATE – New Stories Show Obamacare Still Hurting People

Obamacare continues to hurt people. I collected a number of stories from the last month or so for the wrap-up to help you keep up the fight for repeal.  Americans are still forgoing necessary care and struggling with their healthcare bills – AFTER 6 years of Obamacare.  The premium spikes have an added cost – taxpayers will be on the hook for $10 billion more next year for increased tax credit subsidies.  Higher premiums produce higher subsidies, and round and round she goes.  The individual mandate penalty – which I have renamed the Shared Stupidity Payment in honor of Jonathan Gruber – will be more than $2,000 for some folks for 2017.  Some millennials are facing a choice between paying the fine and taking a big hit to their income, or buying insurance and having next to no income at all.  GAO testers were able to get Obamacare with fake identities – AGAIN. The Maryland Obamacare co-op bit the dust.  There are only four left.  Genius. Sheer genius.

In addition to continuing to bring you the bad news about Obamacare every day as the clock winds down on this terrible law, I mentioned before that I would speak out when I see things going off the track.

I’ve spoken previously about the problems associated with partial repeal, or ‘Obamacare-lite’ as some people call it.  If you keep the provision requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions, you’re setting yourself up for the same failure, the same insurance death spiral that Obamacare is falling into.  The idea – called guaranteed issue – was tried in a handful of states before Obamacare, and failed in every one of them.  I’m putting a recent story in the wrap-up about the failure of guaranteed issue in Washington State.  The Truth Squad wants total repeal, not Obamacare-lite.

There is another problem with the way things are shaping up.  The House GOP is talking about guaranteeing ‘universal access’ to healthcare.  There are at least two things wrong with this.  First, the notion that the federal government is supposed to be responsible for everybody’s healthcare is unsustainable because it breaches the basic principle of individual responsibility.  Individual responsibility is the only principle that’s sustainable in the long run.  Second, universal access is the wrong direction.  It moves the ball down the field toward socialism.  Once universality is established by law and uncontested by any major party, all the Left has to do is keep growing it until we have full-blown socialized medicine.

Finally, the Republicans have loaded the Obamacare repeal resolution up with other stuff – defunding Planned Parenthood and adding trillions of dollars in new spending.  Senator Rand Paul voted against the repeal resolution this week to protest the new spending, saying the national debt threatens the very foundation of the country.  So we just lost one vote for repealing Obamacare.  The Republicans appear to be milking the repeal moment for all it’s worth, but I worry they’re being too clever by half.

You may not agree with my opinions on these matters, but at the very least I have drawn big red circles around important issues for you to think about.

Finally, a shout-out to Worcester Tea Party in Massachusetts – thank you for retweeting our Truth Squad tweets.

Links

Americans forgoing necessary care!  Struggling with health bills! Oh, wait. This is AFTER 6 years of Obamacare.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2016/12/13/obamacare/95410766/

Rate hikes will cost taxpayers $10 billion for increased subsidies in 2017. #RoundAndRoundSheGoes
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/study-premium-hikes-add-10b-to-taxpayers-health-law-tab-1.12760808

Obamacare penalty/tax/fine Shared Stupidity Payment will climb as high as $2,085 for 2017.
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2016/12/18/obamacare-penalty-for-2017.html

Millennial’s Dilemma – pay the fine and take a big hit or buy insurance and have no income at all.
http://www.ydr.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/11/10/whom-may-offend-m-millennial-notwithher-column/93583706/

Testers still able to get Obamacare plans with fake identities, documents
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/24868-auditors-get-obamacare-insurance-with-fake-identities-documents

Off-exchange insurance unexpectedly popular despite cost. Why? Because you can keep your doctor for real.
http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/why-millions-of-americans-are-paying-extra-to-avoid-obamacare/

Survey: people want hospitalization and drug coverage, not ACA’s ‘essential health benefits’. What do they know?
http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/survey-consumers-want-fewer-mandatory-health-insurance-benefits-2183179.htm

Only 4 Obamacare co-ops left as Maryland bites the dust. 9,000 Marylanders spending holidays looking for new plan.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/12/repealing-itself-only-four-of-24-obamacare-exchanges-remain-open/

Arkansas program on “unsustainable path” after Medicaid expansion; cuts loom
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/dec/16/report-ok-d-to-put-brakes-on-medicaid-2-1/?news-arkansas

Reid: ‘People r gonna DIE if ACA repealed.’ Tell it to Frank, Julie & Linda. Oh, they’re already DEAD b/c of ACA.
http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/15/fearmongering-harry-reid-spewing-lies-about-obamacare/

Experience of Washington State shows you can’t have preexisting condition coverage w/o an individual mandate
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-health-care-plan-has-already-been-tried-it-was-a-disaster/2017/01/05/161afdd4-d364-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.56a92fd9f16f

GOP mulling partial repeal Obamacare-Lite, but insurance markets will continue to fall apart.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2016/12/20/editorial-settle-partial-obamacare-repeal/95629730/

Rand Paul: partial repeal leaving insurer death spiral in place is a preventable disaster
http://rare.us/story/rand-paul-repeal-all-of-obamacare-and-replace-immediately/

House GOP to guarantee ‘universal access’ making fed gov’t responsible for everyone’s healthcare. #WrongDirection
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/us/politics/paul-ryan-affordable-care-act-repeal.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth&action=click&contentCollection=health&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=1

Sen. Rand Paul voted against Obamacare repeal to protest trillions in new spending
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/04/sen-rand-paul-using-obamacare-repeal-protest-debt/96167076/

 

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Top Tweets – Fresh Ammo

Obamacare continues to hurt people. Here’s the worst of it from the last month or so –

Americans forgoing necessary care!  Struggling with health bills! Oh, wait. This is AFTER 6 years of Obamacare.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2016/12/13/obamacare/95410766/

Rate hikes will cost taxpayers $10 billion for increased subsidies in 2017. #RoundAndRoundSheGoes
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/study-premium-hikes-add-10b-to-taxpayers-health-law-tab-1.12760808

Obamacare penalty/tax/fine Shared Stupidity Payment will climb as high as $2,085 for 2017.
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2016/12/18/obamacare-penalty-for-2017.html

Millennial’s Dilemma – pay the fine and take a big hit or buy insurance and have no income at all.
http://www.ydr.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/11/10/whom-may-offend-m-millennial-notwithher-column/93583706/

Testers still able to get Obamacare plans with fake identities, documents
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/24868-auditors-get-obamacare-insurance-with-fake-identities-documents

Off-exchange insurance unexpectedly popular despite cost. Why? Because you can keep your doctor for real.
http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/why-millions-of-americans-are-paying-extra-to-avoid-obamacare/

Survey: people want hospitalization and drug coverage, not ACA’s ‘essential health benefits’. What do they know?
http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/survey-consumers-want-fewer-mandatory-health-insurance-benefits-2183179.htm

Only 4 Obamacare co-ops left as Maryland bites the dust. 9,000 Marylanders spending holidays looking for new plan.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/12/repealing-itself-only-four-of-24-obamacare-exchanges-remain-open/

Arkansas program on “unsustainable path” after Medicaid expansion; cuts loom
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/dec/16/report-ok-d-to-put-brakes-on-medicaid-2-1/?news-arkansas

Reid: ‘People r gonna DIE if ACA repealed.’ Tell it to Frank, Julie & Linda. Oh, they’re already DEAD b/c of ACA.
http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/15/fearmongering-harry-reid-spewing-lies-about-obamacare/

 

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TOP TWEETS – This Picture Ain’t the Mona Lisa

Americans forgoing necessary care!  Struggling with health bills! Oh, wait. This is AFTER 6 years of Obamacare.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2016/12/13/obamacare/95410766/

Reid: ‘People r gonna DIE if ACA repealed.’ Tell it to Frank, Julie & Linda. Oh, they’re already DEAD b/c of ACA.
http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/15/fearmongering-harry-reid-spewing-lies-about-obamacare/

‘Lack of health insurance was killing thousands, THOUSANDS!’ Not true. Mortality UP, not down, under ACA.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/12/11/new-evidence-obamacare-is-not-saving-lives/#eef7bc625112

Only 4 Obamacare co-ops left as Maryland bites the dust. 9,000 Marylanders spending holidays looking for new plan.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/12/repealing-itself-only-four-of-24-obamacare-exchanges-remain-open/

See the list: 20 failed Obamacare co-ops, along with amount each lost and number of people who couldn’t keep plan
http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/12/repealing-itself-only-four-of-24-obamacare-exchanges-remain-open/

Politically-connected Dem activist Sarah Horowitz got millions to establish 3 failed Obamacare co-ops. #Crony
http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/12/repealing-itself-only-four-of-24-obamacare-exchanges-remain-open/

Obamacare did not ‘insure 20 million’. 84% of new recipients came from putting people on welfare (Medicaid, CHIP)
http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/09/its-not-true-obamacare-insures-20-million-here-are-the-real-numbers/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVdSak5UWm1OMkpqWkRBMyIsInQiOiIycG80ZW9jK0hnc1FkOFdMenpFVzJlUENEME5TSGVsdTJtRE83NDRuWXhVNWJ6UkNRYk1tV0pPZVM5Vk5zT3RjUWpJTnZvRHluenhiekV4NVlJMDZ4KzB5NGRYeGxrMXpMOVRTVEhXOVJYODlPQjNiQktvaXkxZDVzM1A4WlwvbXkifQ%3D%3D

Fake News! ‘Obamacare insured 20 million!’ Another #WaPoWhopper (and PBS, Time, etc.). #BadJournos
http://www.redstate.com/jaycaruso/2016/12/08/obama-democrats-continually-lie-obamacare-coverage-figure/

Off-exchange insurance unexpectedly popular despite cost. Why? Because you can keep your doctor for real.
http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/why-millions-of-americans-are-paying-extra-to-avoid-obamacare/

Feds ding Vermont exchange for overblown expenses, demand refund
http://www.vnews.com/FEDS-SAY-THEY-OVERPAID-FOR-VERMONT-HEALTH-CONNECT-6802453

Arkansas program on “unsustainable path” after Medicaid expansion; cuts loom
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/dec/16/report-ok-d-to-put-brakes-on-medicaid-2-1/?news-arkansas

Rate hikes will cost taxpayers $10 billion for increased subsidies in 2017. #RoundAndRoundSheGoes
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/study-premium-hikes-add-10b-to-taxpayers-health-law-tab-1.12760808

 

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UPDATE – Obamacare Hurts People

It is as I feared. I mentioned last week that Obamacare supporters are pulling out all the stops to fight repeal.  A messaging expert on our side recommended this week that we push back by stressing how much Obamacare hurts people.  The Truth Squad has been doing that ever since March 23, 2010 when this dreadful law was passed.

I pulled together some stories – some from this week, some from earlier – showing how Obamacare is still hurting people, starting with the gems that life expectancy is going down and healthcare costs are going up under the ACA.  I have a couple of stories describing how Obamacare has hurt the restaurant business, and other stories about how premiums have spiked up for 50 million people, how millennials are getting a raw deal under Obamacare, and how Medicaid expansion is hurting disabled people and blowing holes in state budgets.  The Truth Squad did some commentary tweets this week based on expert suggestions to drive home the point:

  • Obamacare has failed and is hurting people.
  • Repeal will stop the bleeding.  We can’t let this law hurt any more people. Repeal will give immediate relief.
  • Repeal will make healthcare more secure and assist the victims of Obamacare’s false promises.

The links to all these and more will be in the wrap-up.  If you tweet, we suggest you use the hashtag #ObamacareHurtsPeople. It will be kind of hard for the Left to take that one over.  There aren’t many tweets with that hashtag yet but, with your help, we can make it a thing.  Go get’em!

Links

From the last week:

Obamacare driving healthcare spending higher
http://freebeacon.com/issues/record-high-health-care-spending-hits-3-2-trillion-2015/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=cab08a7f50-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-cab08a7f50-45628225

Life expectancy decreasing under Obamacare
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-life-expectancy-declines-for-the-first-time-since-1993/2016/12/07/7dcdc7b4-bc93-11e6-91ee-1adddfe36cbe_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_lifeexpectancy-12am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.60badbafa764

#ObamacareHurtsPeople – we all pay more because subsidized insurance causes overconsumption of medical services
https://fee.org/articles/you-now-pay-for-your-neighbors-weight-problem-thanks-obamacare/

Millennials “avoiding the Affordable Care Act for one simple reason: It’s not a good deal for us.”
http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/barnes-why-aren-t-virginia-s-millennials-signing-up-for/article_16d95a3e-2b1c-505c-b51a-48e907fe8a1e.html

Consequence of Medicaid expansion’s spike in ER visits: worse health outcomes http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/10/20/medicaid-expansion-causes-surge-in-er-visits/#3ebf43487b0d

Texas restaurant closes because of Obamacare’s “oppressive penalties”; 50+ people thrown out of work.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/06/texas-restaurant-closes-and-the-owner-is-blaming-obamacare/

Obamacare’s hi premiums damaging independent docs, fueling consolidation wave
http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/obamacare-rising-costs-creating-challenges-physicians

From November:

If you support Obamacare, you’re deliberately trying to hurt people. Here’s proof -

50 million Americans hurt by Obamacare price increases
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/10/27/the-5-lamest-excuses-for-obamacares-22-premium-hike/#4a4b36596189

Rates have increased 116% cumulatively since ACA, more than double the pre-Obamacare rate.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/10/27/the-5-lamest-excuses-for-obamacares-22-premium-hike/#4a4b36596189

Anger growing over price hikes; photos of new bills being posted on social media
http://circa.com/scitech/health/obamacare-open-enrollment-has-begun

Number of counties down to one insurer doubles to 1,000
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/some-face-fewer-choices-or-none-under-affordable-care-act/2016/10/28/c931e89c-9ce6-11e6-b552-b1f85e484086_story.html

Obamacare is a poor value; hi deductibles keep people from using their plans. “I’m not happy”
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-11-04/some-find-care-unaffordable-even-with-obamacare-coverage

12 restaurant brands have gone bankrupt b/c of Obamacare. More money for premiums = less for pizza
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2016/11/02/obamacare-is-bankrupting-restaurants-ceo-warns.html

“After Subsidies, Many Young Singles Will Pay at Least $2,484 a Year in Obamacare Premiums”
http://freebeacon.com/issues/subsidies-many-young-singles-will-pay-least-2484-year-obamacare-premiums/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=7eab572993-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-7eab572993-45628225

Alaska Medicaid expansion starting to suck the money out of other state services; courts and UAlaska hit
http://www.newsminer.com/opinion/community_perspectives/no-room-for-medicaid-expansion-in-alaska/article_00d3d31c-9c7b-11e6-801f-7312d6a1f8dd.html

IL Medicaid expansion cutting access for most vulnerable; disabled wait-listed b/c of perverse funding incentives
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-medicaid-expansion-enrollment-continues-to-climb-putting-vulnerable-at-risk/

We finish with commentary tweets:

Here’s the retort to all trying to save the ACA: Obamacare has failed and is hurting people.

Repeal will stop the bleeding.  We can’t let this law hurt any more people. Repeal will give immediate relief.

Repeal will make healthcare more secure and assist the victims of Obamacare’s false promises.

 

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Top Tweets – Key Message: #ObamacareHurtsPeople

A messaging expert recommended this week that we push back against the efforts being organized to stop repeal by stressing how Obamacare hurts people.  The Truth Squad has been doing precisely that ever since this dreadful law was passed.  Just read any of our 10,000 tweets.  Below we reprise the tweets compiled for the November 5, 2016 issue of this newsletter and add stories that appeared just in the last week.  We finish with commentary tweets conveying our basic message.

If you tweet, we suggest you use the hashtag #ObamacareHurtsPeople.  Also, if you want more ammo, go to https://www.allmytweets.net/ and search the Truth Squad’s complete Twitter history for the word ‘hurt’. 

From the last week:

Obamacare driving healthcare spending higher
http://freebeacon.com/issues/record-high-health-care-spending-hits-3-2-trillion-2015/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=cab08a7f50-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-cab08a7f50-45628225

Life expectancy decreasing under Obamacare
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-life-expectancy-declines-for-the-first-time-since-1993/2016/12/07/7dcdc7b4-bc93-11e6-91ee-1adddfe36cbe_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_lifeexpectancy-12am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.60badbafa764

#ObamacareHurtsPeople – we all pay more because subsidized insurance causes overconsumption of medical services
https://fee.org/articles/you-now-pay-for-your-neighbors-weight-problem-thanks-obamacare/

Millennials “avoiding the Affordable Care Act for one simple reason: It’s not a good deal for us.”
http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/barnes-why-aren-t-virginia-s-millennials-signing-up-for/article_16d95a3e-2b1c-505c-b51a-48e907fe8a1e.html

Consequence of Medicaid expansion’s spike in ER visits: worse health outcomes http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/10/20/medicaid-expansion-causes-surge-in-er-visits/#3ebf43487b0d

Texas restaurant closes because of Obamacare’s “oppressive penalties”; 50+ people thrown out of work.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/06/texas-restaurant-closes-and-the-owner-is-blaming-obamacare/

Obamacare’s hi premiums damaging independent docs, fueling consolidation wave
http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/obamacare-rising-costs-creating-challenges-physicians

From November 5th:

If you support Obamacare, you’re deliberately trying to hurt people. Here’s proof -

50 million Americans hurt by Obamacare price increases
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/10/27/the-5-lamest-excuses-for-obamacares-22-premium-hike/#4a4b36596189

Rates have increased 116% cumulatively since ACA, more than double the pre-Obamacare rate.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/10/27/the-5-lamest-excuses-for-obamacares-22-premium-hike/#4a4b36596189

Anger growing over price hikes; photos of new bills being posted on social media
http://circa.com/scitech/health/obamacare-open-enrollment-has-begun

Number of counties down to one insurer doubles to 1,000
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/some-face-fewer-choices-or-none-under-affordable-care-act/2016/10/28/c931e89c-9ce6-11e6-b552-b1f85e484086_story.html

Obamacare is a poor value; hi deductibles keep people from using their plans. “I’m not happy”
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-11-04/some-find-care-unaffordable-even-with-obamacare-coverage

12 restaurant brands have gone bankrupt b/c of Obamacare. More money for premiums = less for pizza
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2016/11/02/obamacare-is-bankrupting-restaurants-ceo-warns.html

“After Subsidies, Many Young Singles Will Pay at Least $2,484 a Year in Obamacare Premiums”
http://freebeacon.com/issues/subsidies-many-young-singles-will-pay-least-2484-year-obamacare-premiums/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=7eab572993-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-7eab572993-45628225

Alaska Medicaid expansion starting to suck the money out of other state services; courts and UAlaska hit
http://www.newsminer.com/opinion/community_perspectives/no-room-for-medicaid-expansion-in-alaska/article_00d3d31c-9c7b-11e6-801f-7312d6a1f8dd.html

IL Medicaid expansion cutting access for most vulnerable; disabled wait-listed b/c of perverse funding incentives
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-medicaid-expansion-enrollment-continues-to-climb-putting-vulnerable-at-risk/

We finish with commentary tweets:

Here’s the retort to all trying to save the ACA: Obamacare has failed and is hurting people.

Repeal will stop the bleeding.  We can’t let this law hurt any more people. Repeal will give immediate relief.

Repeal will make healthcare more secure and assist the victims of Obamacare’s false promises.

 

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UPDATE – Obamacare Supporters Pulling Out All the Stops to Save the ACA

Obamacare repeal is NOT in the bag. If we want repeal, we’re going to have to fight for it.  Pro-Obamacare forces are pulling out all the stops to save the ACA. They’re energized. They sense disarray on our side and they’re making a lot of noise. All of a sudden, I’m seeing articles everywhere about how great Obamacare is, and how most Americans don’t want it repealed.  Chuck Schumer said Republicans would “rue the day” they tried to abolish Obamacare. President Obama spoke on a Facebook Live video urging people to sign up for Obamacare plans despite Republican opposition to the law.  The IRS sent out letters to millions of individual mandate payers telling them what a great deal Obamacare is.  I just got mine yesterday.  I put it next to my Edsel.

Obamacare supporters are saying the most ridiculous things to try to save this law.  I saw a number of tweets along the lines that millions of people would die without Medicaid expansion.  Governor Terry McAuliffe said the same thing here in Virginia last winter.  He said people would be dying in the streets.  Virginia’s legislature still refused to expand Medicaid and, guess what?  No dead bodies in the streets.  How is that possible?  So, when you hear people say the end of Medicaid expansion will kill millions of people, just ask them, WHERE ARE THE DEAD BODIES in the states that refused expansion.

I’m also seeing letters to the editor extolling the virtues of Obamacare.  It all smells orchestrated to me, and part of the Left’s larger campaign to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency before it even begins.

I told you last week the Truth Squad would continue to bring you Obamacare news so you have fresh ammunition to keep up the fight.  This week, I focused on all the good news about what repeal would mean for people.  Repeal of Obamacare’s 20 taxes would be the biggest tax cut of the year.  Unsubsidized people who are getting slammed by premium increases will get relief.  Restaurants are having a very hard time meeting Obamacare’s requirements and are looking forward to repeal.  Medicaid expansion is blowing big holes in state budgets.  States are complaining that their schools are getting hit as a result.  All these problems go away after Obamacare is repealed.  Everybody would have more choices and more freedom once we get rid of this dreadful law.  I collected more stories on the same theme, and will include all the links in the wrap-up.

Links

2.5 million say no to Obamacare subsidies, buy off-exchange plans; ‘people want choice’
http://freebeacon.com/issues/2-5-million-americans-qualify-tax-credits-buy-private-insurance-avoid-obamacare/

“Trump should propose amnesty — for unpaid ObamaCare penalties”
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/308102-trump-should-propose-amnesty-for-unpaid-obamacare-penalties

“Obamacare Repeal Will Be Biggest Tax Cut of New Year” (good riddance to 20 different taxes)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanellis/2016/11/29/obamacare-repeal-will-be-biggest-tax-cut-of-new-year/#15dc36a42e82

Americans paying more for less under ACA breathe a sigh of relief, looking forward to something better
http://dailysignal.com/2016/11/29/meet-2-hurting-americans-who-are-ready-for-congress-to-repeal-obamacare/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTXpKalpUVmhaVGhoTTJJMyIsInQiOiJUVzBFS2s1NmFJallZVlNNRGwxTUlmbk5ZTERZbXhQdUt4VjN0ckpFYm8wVXVEMGdVdnhFbndjR0E5UnNUc1VcL1licVFISGJKdmh5T2xXXC9CTUxlZXpBbHhoTlJPRmdFcXdxM2JhekZjb2tnPSJ9

Restaurant stocks soar on hopes of relief from Obamacare
http://www.investors.com/news/dave-busters-panera-wingstop-yum-among-restaurants-back-on-menu/

Gallup: most Americans still disapprove of Obamacare
http://www.gallup.com/poll/198158/americans-changes-affordable-care-act.aspx?g_source=Politics&g_medium=newsfeed&g_campaign=tiles

HHS-designate Tom Price a fierce critic of overreaching Obamacare innovation unit (CMMI)
http://keranews.org/post/obamacares-test-kitchen-payment-experiments-faces-uncertain-future

Arkansas education budget to take a hit due to Medicaid expansion; Medicaid ‘biggest issue hurting state budget’
http://www.lovelycitizen.com/story/2364662.html

Full Medicaid expansion would have cost Utah taxpayers at least $90 million to start.
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/4649922-155/op-ed-those-who-fund-social-services

Obama said Healthcare.gov would be like Travelocity, but didn’t mention there would only be 1 plane & tickets would go up 116%/yr

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Victor Laszlo@Impolitics 14h14 hours ago
The next Secretary of Health and Human Services will end Medicaid expansion for millions of low income Americans and replace it with death.
Gov. McAuliffe said people would drop dead in the streets w/o Medicaid expansion in Va. WHERE ARE THE BODIES? 

 

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